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Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth. Desiderius Erasmus
We have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see. George Berkeley
Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect. Herbert Spencer
Our party must continue to strike fear in the heart of the white man, our real enemy! Robert Mugabe
To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy. Bertrand Russell
The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny. David Hume
True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. Franklin D. Roosevelt
A demagogue is a person with whom we disagree as to which gang should mismanage the country. Don Marquis
It is possible to lead astray an entire generation, to strike it blind, to drive it insane, to direct it towards a false goal. Napoleon proved this. Alexander Herzen
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism. William Osler
... madness entered my veins. Jawaharlal Nehru
He [Muhammad Ali] Jinnah preaches Pakistan with an intensity not unlike Hitler's advocacy of National Socialism. Office of Strategic Services
Each side had its uninformed fanatics. And each side had political leaders who fanned the flames with their rhetoric. Nisid Hajari
One thing that we should have learned from history is to pay attention to the words of foreign leaders. Rick Santorum
Democracy in unequal agrarian societies tends not to last, as it alternates between populist demagogues attempting redistribution and the rich striking back with military coups. William Easterly
Every conceivable cleavage of difference: Sindhi vs. Punjabi, Mohajirs vs. Pathans, Islam vs. Secularism, Shias vs. Sunnis, Deobandis vs. Barelvis, literates vs. illiterates, Woman vs. Man, Urban vs. Rural—has been exploited to magnify dissentions, giving rise to heinous blood baths, accentuated hatred, and intolerance. Ishrat Husain
[Spiro] Agnew was a small-time pol who became the most blatant crook to sit one heartbeat away from the presidency. He was a demagogue ranting ghost-written bile that split Americans amid the war and fires of the '60s. But political peers, sensing in Agnew's tumble their own fragility, always treated Spiro as gently as a museum vase. Sandy Grady
Societies faced with bewildering changes, and feeling old certainties threatened, are open to new cults. Frank Welsh
…a low and dangerous demagogue. Horace Greeley
If pigs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side. Orson Scott Card
Huey Long’s methods outdid the good he did with the results. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
The governor’s mansion was not good enough for me, although it was too good for my predecessor. Huey P. Long
You are the smartest lunatic I have ever seen in my whole life. Alben W. Barkley
Share the Wealth Huey P. Long
I hate to say it but I was glad when they shot him. I don’t believe in terrorism or assassination but he could have become the American dictator. I. F. Stone
I’m the constitution around here now. Huey P. Long
The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them Albert Einstein
I had preconceived notions going in and it was even stranger than I thought it would be …. It is a total cult of personality. Bob Woodruff
It is hate that binds people together. Love is personal. John Lukacs
… becoming a very dangerous proposition…. an out and out demagogue Joseph P. Kennedy
Hitler is living on the empty stomach of Germany …. Better political insight has a hard time winning as long as there is little prospect of filling the stomach. Albert Einstein
This Senate, is a sanctuary; a citadel of law, of order, and of liberty; and it is here — it is here, in this exalted refuge; here, if anywhere, will resistance be made to the storms of political frenzy and the silent arts of corruption; and if the Constitution be destined ever to perish by the sacrilegious hands of the demagogue or the usurper, which God avert, its expiring agonies will be witnessed on this floor. Aaron Burr
Democracy and elections can be a double-edged sword … democratic competition and elections increase the politicians’ appetite for gaining public support by pleasing the public, which is sometimes led by emotional motives and short-sighted considerations. Populist politics can sometimes be driven by a lack of knowledge and is not always conducive to the real interest … Azmi Shuaibi
Listen to all, plucking a feather from every passing goose, but, follow no one absolutely. Anonymous
We are all Nassar! Anonymous
Ignorant, restless desperadoes, without conscience or principles, have led a deluded multitude to follow their standard under pretense of grievances which have no existence but in their imaginations. Abigail Adams
With the use of religious and patriotic formulas, statesmen may sleep amidst the wreck of nations. Henry Adams
Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. Henry Adams
Those who believed in us as the Madhi, and surrendered, have been delivered, and those who did not were destroyed … Muhammad Ahmad; Madhi
The qualities necessary for a demagogue are these: to be foul-mouthed, base-born, and a low and mean fellow. Aristophanes
Youth is easily deceived, because it is quick to hope. Aristotle
An unbridled democracy is exactly similar to a tyranny. Its objects and instruments are the worst, and both are equally served by the tamest of mankind. It is always to lord it as a sovereign; it therefore has its flatterers in the shape of demagogues. Ancient customs must be done away with; ancient ties, civil and sacred, must be broken; everything must be changed according to new and false theories; and the result is an assimilation of democratic to tyrannical government, in its habits and modes of action. Aristotle
Where the laws are not supreme, there demagogues spring up .... The law ought to be supreme over all. Aristotle
One person's grandstanding may be another person's way of getting the message across. Richard K. Armey
The demagogue ... is a good showman, whether at Nuremberg at a youth conference, or in Georgia at a political barbecue. He knows the tricks of the ham actor, the gestures, the tones of voice that can arouse passions. Always he dresses himself up as the little man come to life, grown to Brobdingnagian stature and become the "Duce" or the "Leader" or, maybe, "Ploughboy Pete. Ellis G. Arnall
The Southern demagogue can no more leave the educational system alone than can his European equivalent. It is the nature of the demagogue. Reading and writing are the two enemies he fears most ... Wherever he lives he fears schools and colleges and teachers and students. He feels that they are engaged in a gigantic conspiracy against his rule. Ellis G. Arnall
Lies are sufficient to breed opinion and opinion brings on substance. Francis Bacon
The danger that threatens our future is local demagogy, and not federal despots. Albert J. Beveridge
It is a general error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare. Edmund Burke
Unfortunately in this country we now have a demagogue ... one that is reckless with the truth. Jimmy Carter
Chavez is not Chavez. Chavez is the people! And the people will not be stopped. Hugo Chavez
At times of general malaise and social breakdown, it is not uncommon for … movements to arise to replace lost hopes by idle dreams: dreams of a savior who will lead us from bondage …. Some may yearn for a lost golden age, or succumb to the blandishments of the new Messiahs who come to the fore at such moments. Noam Chomsky
In time of political difficulty or economic difficulty the tendency is to lash our at some group. Henry Cisneros
The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim, denounces it, and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments. Henry Clay
Some of mankind's most terrible misdeeds have been committed under the spell of certain magic words or phrases. James Bryant Conant
A person of definite character and purpose who comprehends our way of thought is sure to exert power over us. He cannot altogether be resisted; because, if he understands us, he can make us understand him, through the word, the look, or other symbol, which both of us connect with the common sentiment or idea; and thus by communicating an impulse he can move the will. Charles Horton Cooley
Democracy is a mockery that mouths the words and obstructs every effort of an honest people to establish a government for the welfare of the people. Charles E. Coughlin
The nation whose population depends on the explosively compressed headline service of television news can expect to be exploited by the demagogues and dictators who prey upon the semi-informed. Walter Cronkite
Ignorance and fanaticism are ever busy and need feeding. Clarence Darrow
Demagogues are the mob's lackeys. Diogenes
The shortest way to ruin a country is to give power to demogogues. Dionysius of Halicarnassus
I'm a victim of my metaphors. Vuk Draskovic
One of our statesmen said, "The curse of this country is eloquent men. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing is more despicable than a professional talker who uses his words as a quack uses remedies. Francois Fenelon
A Jamaican Negro of unmixed stock, squat, stocky, fat and sleek, with protruding jaws, and heavy jowls, small bright pig-like eyes and rather bull-dog like face. Boastful, egotistic, tyrannical, intolerant, cunning, shifty, smooth and suave, avaricious; as adroit as a fencer in changing front, as adept as a cuttle-fish in beclouding an issue he cannot meet, prolix to the nth degree in devising new schemes to gain the money of poor ignorant Negroes; gifted at self-advertisement, without shame in self laudation, promising ever, but never fulfilling, without regard for veracity, a lover of pomp and tawdry finery and garish display, a bully with his own folk but servile in the presence of the Man, a sheer opportunist and a demagogic charlatan. Robert W. Gagnall
Political extremism involves two prime ingredients: an excessively simple diagnosis of the world's ills and a conviction that there are identifiable villains back of it all. John W. Gardner
Tinkers may work, quacks may prescribe, and demagogues may deceive, but I declare to you that there is no remedy for us ... but in adhering to the Constitution. Benjamin H. Hill
Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all unifying agents. Eric Hoffer
A certain portion of the human race / Has certainly a taste for being diddled. Thomas Hood
The mobs of great cities add just so much to the support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body. Thomas Jefferson
You have to be a demagogue on a lot of little things if you want to be around to have your way on the big things. Lyndon B. Johnson
A reforming age is always fertile of imposters. Thomas Babington Macaulay
In every age the vilest specimens of human nature are to be found among demagogues. Thomas Babington Macaulay
Mahdi The Expected One or The Redeemer Mahdi; Muhammad Ahmad
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Book of Matthew
A dictator ... must fool all the people all the time and there's only one way to do that, he must also fool himself. W. Somerset Maugham
[Beware of those] who aim at popularity under the disguise of patriotism. Jonathan Mayhew
… a man steeped in falsehood … who had recourse to the lie whenever it suits his convenience …. He would sell his grandmother for any advantage. Joseph R. McCarthy
The public always tires of its messiahs, and soon or late invariably turns them out, whether they be good, which is uncommon, or bad, which is the rule. H. L. Mencken
A people may prefer a free government, but if, from indolence, or carelessness, or cowardice, or want of public spirit, they are unequal to the exertions necessary for preserving it; if they will not fight for it when it is directly attacked; if they can be deluded by the artifices used to cheat them out of it; if by momentary discouragement, or temporary panic, or a fit of enthusiasm for an individual, they can be induced to lay their liberties at the feet even of a great man. John Stuart Mill
They'll never do this to you again. Slobodan Milosevic
Demagoguery from the pulpit is no different from demagoguery on the campaign trail. If anything, it is worse, because it clothes itself in self-righteousness. Robert B. Morgan
We cost the Democratic party the opportunity to demagogue the issue of race forever. And I am damn proud of that. Bill Moyers
Sometimes heads of state have to make statements for [local] public consumption. Hosni Mubarak
It seems the only way to induce action in this country is through the creation of fear and hysteria. Edward R. Murrow
I invented the low blow. I can outdemagogue the best of demagogues. Fiorello H. La Guardia
The people have been plundered by profiteers... [Saying] that is not demagogy; it is democracy—the democracy of Jefferson. It is not radicalism; it is republicanism—the republicanism of Lincoln. Fiorello H. La Guardia
I say out loud what everyone thinks deep inside. Jean-Marie Le Pen
There is a hate layer of opinion and emotion in America. There will be other McCarthys to come who will be hailed as its heroes. Max Lerner
Governor of Louisiana By the Grace of the People Huey P. Long
When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If the Election be made by the People in large Districts, there will be no danger of Demagogues. James Madison
Roosevelt, if he had lived, would probably have been unbeatable, despite the inevitable reaction against the war. He was so expert a demagogue that it would have been easy for him to divert the popular discontent to some other object. He could have been beaten only by a demagogue even worse than he was himself. H. L. Mencken
If a demagogue like Huey Long takes up anti-Semitism in this country, there will be more blood running in our streets than in Berlin. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Thousands of Americans die at the hands of illegal aliens every year. Every murder, every rape, every violent gang crime committed against Americans by illegal aliens is an utterly preventable crime. Steve King
Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don't regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered Expression Gerard Kitchen O'Neill
You can always hear the people who are willing to sacrifice somebody else's life. They're plenty loud and they talk all the time. You can find them in churches and schools and newspapers and legislatures and congress. That's their business. They sound wonderful. Death before dishonor. This ground sanctified by blood. These men who died so gloriously. They shall not have died in vain. Our noble dead. Dalton Trumbo
… the party of treason Joseph R. McCarthy
If the terrorists were to explode even one suitcase-sized nuclear weapon in a Western city, democratic institutions might not survive. The security agencies in the Western democracies would be granted, or would simply seize, powers comparable to those of the Gestapo and the KGB…. I doubt that democratic institutions will be resilient enough to stand the strain. Richard Rorty
Overnight democracy will empower the poor, indigenous majority. What happens is that under those circumstances, democracy doesn't do what we expect it to do -- that is, reinforce markets. [Instead,] democracy leads to the emergence of manipulative politicians and demagogues who find that the best way to get votes is by scapegoating the minorities…. Markets benefit one ethnic group, democracy empowers a different ethnic majority, and the result is a lot of instability. Amy L. Chua
The most dangerous diseases with which a free country can be infested, are two fashions, each strong in numbers, if their heats and animosities are come to such a height, that any side, in the struggle for power, is willing to give up liberty, rather than their irregular appetites should be disappointed. Where this happens to be the case, the condition of the public is indeed very desperate, inasmuch as liberty cannot subsist, unless where it has a great many more friends than enemies, because they who attack, supply by craft and diligence what they want in other strengths. Charles D'Avenant
The maker of laws should not practice disputation, but should administer justice. Nor is it fitting that he should appear to have framed the law by contention, but in an orderly manner. For the transaction of public affairs does not demand, as a reward of his labors, the clamor of theatrical applause, but the law destined for the salvation of the people., The framer of laws and the dispenser of justice should prefer morals to eloquence, that his speech may be characterized rather by virtuous sentiments, than by elegance of expression. He should be more eminent for deeds than for words; and should discharge his duties rather with alacrity than with reluctance, and not, as it were, under compulsion Visigoths
Theodore Roosevelt has become the most dangerous man in American history because of his hold on the less intelligent voters and the discontented. William Howard Taft
A transition from party to personal government has preceded every failure of a republic. Warren G. Harding
Since men must always assign a cause to all their misfortunes, the generally blame them on the evil intent of their rulers; … As always there are now many who fish in troubled waters, filling the minds of the commonality with the notion that things will go from bad to worse unless they appoint a head over them. Johan de Witt
A zeal for different opinions concerning religion, concerning government, and many other points, as well of speculation as of practice; an attachment to different leaders ambitiously contending for pre-eminence and power; or to persons of other descriptions whose fortunes have been interesting to the human passions, have, in turn, divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to co-operate for their common good. So strong is this propensity of mankind to fall into mutual animosities James Madison
The demagogue is the curse of the modern world, and of all the demagogues, The worst are those financed by well-meaning wealthy men who sincerely believe that their wealth is likely to be safer if they can hire men with political "it Henry A. Wallace
The successful demagogue is a powerful genie who, when once let out of his bottle, refuses to obey anyone's command. As long as his spell holds, he defies God Himself, and Satan is turned loose upon the world. Henry A. Wallace
in countries where the ability to read and write has been recently acquired or where the people have had no long experience in governing themselves on the basis of their own thinking, it is easy for demagogues to arise and prostitute the mind of the common man to their own base ends Henry A. Wallace
The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holder’s lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately. Bertrand Russell
Scratch any Republican today and all you will hear is “Tax Cuts, Tax Cuts, Tax Cuts.” Its pure demagoguery…. We have demonized taxes. David Stockman
Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all. Nikita Khrushchev
All you have to do is anesthetize the masses by telling them they’re an elite, that they’ve got a mission, that they’re making history, that they’re fulfilling their destiny and fighting for a better world — and they swallow it like lambs — even when a guttersnipe says it. Hans Hellmut Kirst
The Roman republic was indeed never finished. For the caprice of the multitude was left to operate at random. So that every popular demagogue had it in his power to spirit up the multitude to whatever pitch of madness might suit his ambitious, or interested views James Burgh
To some men popularity is always suspicious. Enjoying none themselves, they are prone to suspect the validity of those attainments which command it. George Henry Lewes
Next to fried foods, the South has suffered most from oratory. Lawrence Brooks Hays
From the saintly and single-minded idealist to the fanatic is often but a step. Friedrich A. Hayek
If General Garfield [his successor as President] rejects the practice I have inaugurated he will offend thousands and drive them into the hands of the temperance demagogues. Rutherford B. Hayes
Take mankind in general; they are vicious, their passions may be operated upon. Alexander Hamilton
The public is easily duped by pretended patriots. Elbridge Gerry
We are not a paid bunch of bullies. Our job is to get the facts. John Dingell
We cannot have a doubt that some alarming insurrection is in contemplation... [We] cannot but applaud the hitherto peaceful demeanor of many of the laboring classes, yet we do not calculate upon their remaining unmoved. Urged on by the harangues of a few desperate demagogues, we anticipate at no distant period a general rising, and possessing no power to prevent the meetings which are weekly held, we as magistrates are at a loss how to stem the influence of the dangerous and seditious doctrines which are continually disseminated Anonymous
From Aristophanes to Aristotle, the attack on the demagogues always falls back on the one central question: in whose interest does the leader lead? Moses I. Finley
America's two great specialties are demagogues and rock and roll, and we've all heard plenty of both in our time. Stephen King
We cannot have a doubt that some alarming insurrection is in contemplation... [We] cannot but applaud the hitherto peaceful demeanor of many of the laboring classes, yet we do not calculate upon their remaining unmoved. Urged on by the harangues of a few desperate demagogues, we anticipate at no distant period a general rising, and possessing no power to prevent the meetings which are weekly held, we as magistrates are at a loss how to stem the influence of the dangerous and seditious doctrines which are continually disseminated Anonymous
We have no parties or politicians, and as for demagoguery and corruption, they are words having only an historical significance… Edward Bellamy
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities Voltaire; Francois-Marie
The insult of 800 years is at last avenged. The gates of the temple of Somnauth, so long the memorial of your humiliation, are become the proudest record of your national glory... You will yourselves, with all honor, transmit the gates of sandal-wood, through your respective territories, to the restored Temple of Somnauth Edward Law
“[T]he manufactured image of the domestic Communist, cultivated and propagated by [J. Edgar] Hoover, the Catholic Church, the American Legion, and political opportunists, made of Communists something less than full humans, full citizens, fully rights-endowed … William M. Wiecek
War is no longer made by simply analyzed economic forces if it ever was. War is made or planned now by individual men, demagogues and dictators who play on the patriotism of their people to mislead them into a belief in the great fallacy of war when all their vaunted reforms have failed to satisfy the people they misrule. Ernest Hemingway
The will of the nation" is one of those expressions which have been most profusely abused by the wily and the despotic of every age. Alexis de Tocqueville
The struggle against demagoguery scarcely fits the St George-against-the-dragon myth. Our democratic St George goes out rather reluctantly with armor awry. The struggle is confused; our knight wins by no clean thrust of lance or sword, but the dragon somehow poops out, and decent democracy is victor. Norman Thomas
By exploiting envy and fear, politicians can portray themselves as the saviors and protectors of the public — doing and saying whatever is necessary to gain the support needed to remain in power. Lawrence M. Ludlow
The main cause of crime is linked very directly to mass immigration. Jean-Marie Le Pen
Massive immigration has only just begun. It is the biggest problem facing France, Europe and probably the world. We risk being submerged. Jean-Marie Le Pen
Prejudice locks the mind. Nothing can enter. Nothing true can escape. Gerry Spence
However firmly thou holdest to thy opinions, if truth appears on the opposite side, throw down thy arms at once. John Lancaster Spalding
As a United States Senator, I am not proud of the way in which the Senate has been made a publicity platform for irresponsible sensationalism. Margaret Chase Smith
The South politician preaches to the poor white man, "You got more than the blacks, don't complain. You're better than them, you been born with white skin," they explain. And the Negro's name Is used, it is plain, For the politician's gain, As he rises to fame And the poor white remains On the caboose of the train; But it ain't him to blame -- He's only a pawn in their game. Bob Dylan
It worked for a long time. Each "stood" by the other. When the poor white lynched a Negro, the rich white protected him in court; the preacher protected him in church; the policeman looked away, the sheriff was easily intimidated, the juries rarely convicted, and the newspapers were "reasonable. Lillian Smith
The politicians... needed the rural people and used them as ruthlessly as Negroes were used when they were needed. They needed to play voter against voter and all of them against "the Negro" -- and they needed the poor whites' approval of acts which the dominant group's more informed minds could not wholly approve. They needed poor whites to be their yes-men, moral henchmen quieting their leaders' uneasy consciences. Lillian Smith
Ideas are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else. Madmen in authority who hear voices in the air are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribblers of a few years back. Sooner or later, it is ideas, rather than vested interests, which are dangerous for good or for evil. John Kenneth Galbraith
The United Nations is useless...and also harmful. It is a land that flowers demagoguery with a bunch of newborn countries, devoid of any tradition. Antonio de Oliveira Salazar
Liberals are the enemy of ordinary Americans! Newt Gingrich
There is no passion to which the rulers of a people can address themselves with greater [political] effect [than war.] Alexander C. Hanson
She will sooner abdicate than send for or have any communication with that half mad firebrand who would soon ruin everything & be a Dictator. Others but herself may submit to his democratic rule but not the Queen. Queen Victoria
Just as the sword can kill, so can the tongue. Babylonian Talmud
Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people? Eleanor Roosevelt
We build a fire in a powder magazine, then double the fire department to put it out. We inflame wild beasts with the smell of blood, and then innocently wonder at the wave of brutal appetite that sweeps the land as a consequence. Mark Twain
Whiskey is carried into committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues. Mark Twain
Few speeches which have produced an electrical effect on an audience can bear the colorless photography of a printed record. Archibald Philip Primrose Rosebery
The nation which can only be saved by one man and wants to be saved that way deserves a whipping! Johann G. Seume
I was truly under Hitler's spell, that cannot be denied. I was impressed with him from the moment I first met him, in 1932. He had terrific power, especially in his eyes. Joachim von Ribbentrop
In our national discourse and in pursuing our national agenda, we must never leave anyone behind. We must reach out to the many who may have been disaffected and left confused by political games, deceit and showmanship. Najib Razak
We need as all nations do, the compression on the outside of our circle a formidable neighbor, whose presence shall at all times excite stronger fears than demagogues can inspire the people with towards their government. Fisher Ames
The monopoly problem mankind has to face today is not an outgrowth of the operation of the market economy. It is a product of purposive action on the part of governments. It is not one of the evils inherent in capitalism as the demagogues trumpet. . Ludwig von Mises
A clueless electorate is a corruptible one … Frank Bruni
There’s often a fine line between a madman and a prophet… Neither prophets nor madmen should be elected to the presidency. But neither can they safely be ignored. Ross Douthat
Planned parenthood has been responsible for killing more Blacks than the KKK. Ken Cuccinelli
Hitler is a very great man, like an inspired religious leader—and as such rather fanatical—but not scheming, not selfish, not greedy for power, but a mystic, a visionary who really wants the best for his country … Anne Morrow Lindbergh
When you choose a leader, follow him as a man, not as a god. Charles Stewart Parnell
I will not compromise with my conscience. I will cast my vote to protect the liberties of our people. Herbert H. Lehman
As Republics have risen and fallen, a transition from party to personal government has preceded every failure since the world began. Warren G. Harding
It is easier to mislead many men than one. Herodotus
Seek the company of those who are looking for the truth, but run from those who have found it. Vaclav Havel
To a certain extent, all dictatorships are alike. From Stalin's Soviet Union to Mao's China, from Ceauşescu's Romania to Saddam Hussein's Iraq, all these regimes had the same trappings ... But Kim Il-sung took the cult of personality to a new level. What distinguished him in the rogues' gallery of twentieth-century dictators was his ability to harness the power of faith. Kim Il-sung understood the power of religion. Barbara Demick
Europe is a breeding ground for spontaneous class hatred to be channeled by a skillful agitator. Joseph C. Grew
Gaullism. Like fascism before it, reinforces all the privileges of capitalism and disarms the working class … Moreover, De Gaulle develops a national demagoguery typical of all forms of fascism Roger Garaudy
Political demagogues will seek popularity by public speeches full of insult to foreign countries, and yellow journals will seek to increase their circulation by appeals to prejudice against foreigners. Elihu Root
It is when it is contended that in a democracy right is what the majority makes it to be that democracy degenerates into demagoguery. Friedrich A. Hayek
[General Douglas] Macarthur is the most dangerous man in America. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We must tame these fellows and make them useful to us. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Democracy does not seem to render the world more peaceful. The masses are emotional by nature, skilled propaganda will always succeed in arousing their feelings. Hugo Lerchenfeld
The plebiscite which restored Constantine to the throne, though it undoubtedly registered the will of the Greek people at that time, was never accepted by Britain and France, nor by the United States. Hamilton Fish Armstrong
… representatives of those forces which simmer beneath the surface of every civilized community and if they could break out, would destroy not only property and civilization but finally even themselves. . Theodore Roosevelt
I wonder why he shot me?. Huey P. Long
Anti-Semitism is strong here and political reaction is violent. Albert Einstein
Pope of the peasants. Anonymous
The populist left loves power more than democracy, and it will fight to keep it at great cost. Jorge Casteneda
We will not leave Austria in the lurch. If diplomacy fails, we shall have to fight this racist war. Wilhelm II
The Fuehrer is not just a lunatic. The weapons in his armory are like nothing in history. His propaganda is sophisticated. His control of the people is technologically clever. He has torn up the military textbook, and written his own. William Stephenson
When leaders use words to bludgeon and not to persuade, when opinion supersedes fact and people stop listening to one another, we have, the perfect conditions for the true demagogue. [Donald] Trump is running hard for that role. Jeff Shesol
Saviors don’t have policies. They have energy. Roger Cohen
There would never have been secession if demagogues had not swayed non-slaveholding voters and naïve young soldiers to believe that the North was filled with cowards, poltroons, and negro-worshippers. Ulysses S. Grant
We seek to restore the Government of the Republic to the hands of the ‘plain people’ with whom it originated, Ignatius Donnelly
Our democratic belief that anyone can be a political leader paradoxically feeds into the anti-democratic belief that we should look to one person to quickly and easily save us. No one, alone, can fix it, and in our system of government, this authoritarian approach is a prescription for catastrophe. Peter Wehner
They were the sort of people that lynch Negroes, that mistake hoodlumism for wit, and cunning for intelligence, that attend revivals and fight and fornicate in the bushes afterwards. They were undiluted “Anglo-Saxons. They were the sovereign voter. It was so horrible it seemed unreal. William Alexander Percy
Men do not obey him by virtue of tradition or statute, but because they believe in him. Max Weber
Charismatic leaders who lead you off cliff's would be better off for everyone if they were not charismatic leaders. Steve Ballmer
The "Hate Priest"--Father Coughlan--had a daily radio audience that was much larger than Rush Limbaugh has today and that was in a much smaller country. Kathryn Smith
From populist demagogues, we will learn the indispensability of democracy. From isolationists, we will learn the need for global solidarity. And from tribalists, we will learn the beauty of cosmopolitanism. Elif Safak